Congratulations to our 2016 Art of Caring Award recipient, Aggie Hoskin, who has left quite a legacy for our community! Through the Jennifer Fund, a Donor Advised Fund, at the Community West Foundation, Aggie Hoskin has created a way to provide lasting support to the causes she cares about the most – helping children!
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At the heart of every great community are nonprofits building support for our most vulnerable neighbors. It is more important than ever to welcome refugees into our hearts and communities—not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the loving, caring and compassionate thing to do.
It is our responsibility to welcome those suffering the most and when the world is in desperate need of humanitarian relief. The Community West Foundation Strategic Plan is inspired by the words and message from the Gospel of Matthew 25:40:
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
It’s official! The Community West Foundation has moved into its new home at 800 Sharon Drive, Suite C in Westlake. Well known for helping colleagues succeed, Community West Foundation is now leasing office space from Youth Challenge, an agency that provides recreational programs to physically challenged youth. This is one of the foundation’s latest ‘outside the box’ collaborations which offers support to Youth Challenge through rent and grant resources.
For tens of thousands of people, the United States offers an opportunity to start over, as we are the No. 1 resettlement country in the world for refugees.
On June 20, the International Rescue Committee will host World Refugee Day to pay tribute to America’s legacy as a nation that welcomes refugees and helps them thrive. Community West Foundation will help the Refugee Services Collaborative kick off the celebration early by sponsoring a community picnic from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at Edgewater Kite Field in Cleveland. Families are encouraged to bring a dish to share and a blanket. There, they can try new foods while meeting some of the hundreds of refugees who have become part of our community in the past few years.
Sadly, we realize many people still have a negative perception of refugees. They are quick to believe common myths about refugees, why they have come here and the impact they have on our country.
Here are just a few reasons why we believe refugees make America great.
The ongoing war in Syria and conflicts around the world continue to drive refugees to seek asylum in the United States, the world’s top resettlement country. Last year, the United States resettled 69,933 refugees and granted asylum status to 25,199, according to the Migration Policy Institute.
Between 600 and 700 refugees now live, work and attend school in Northeast Ohio.
Agencies like The Refugee Response and Refugee Services Collaborative help provide tutoring and on-the-job training while connecting them with other resources they need to thrive once they’re here.
Photo Courtesy of thestocks.im.
As Senior Program Officer for the Community West Foundation, I try my best to keep up with what is happening with the over 60 non-profit agencies we support. Yes, I do read as many newsletters and blogs as time will allow. I also enjoy talking with staff members from these agencies, as the conversation never ends without me learning something new about the challenges the agencies, and the people that they serve, are facing.
With the help of many generous donors, Community West Foundation empowered many nonprofit organizations to provide much-needed hope to those in need in 2015.
It’s almost time for March Madness again, and I’m not talking about basketball.
It’s the time when everyone realizes there’s a little over month before taxes are due and begins the scramble to round up all their paperwork.
If philanthropy is important to you, you might be wondering how your giving will impact your taxable income this year. Most people don’t donate for the tax breaks, but every deduction could result in more money you can keep in your bank account or give to someone else, rather than to Uncle Sam.
That said, here are five common questions about charitable tax deductions this year—and what you need to know to make the most of your gifts.
Chances are, you have contributed in some way to the SocksPLUS campaign. Through this important initiative, we are creating valuable relationships and partnerships to help the homeless in Cleveland. We began this effort just one year ago at Metanoia, and it has been exciting to see so many people step up to support it. SocksPLUS has evoked emotion, impact and action.
Our tribes are growing and helping in their collective efforts for the homeless. We are invested in their success and we highlight these great examples as often as we can, through our social media channels and our publications. Here are some highlights of what we've accomplished so far with your help.